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‘Building Better Societies:Promoting social justice in a world falling apart’ with Rowland Atkinson, Lisa Mckenzie and Simon Winlow
Wednesday 26th July, 7pm

Camden Fringe Comedy Night: 'If I Can't Laugh, It's Not My Revolution' 
with Daphna Baram, Anna Dominey, William Stone, James Ross, Rebecca Shortall, and David Mills

Wednesday 9th August, 7pm

‘The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life’ with André Naffis-Sahely's
Wednesday 16th August, 7pm

‘Pride – The Book’ with Lesbians & Gays Support The Miners 
Wednesday 23rd August,7pm

‘Revenge of the Spoken - Gordon Lish in a Little Island Hotel’ with David Winters, David Hayden, and Will Eaves 
Thursday 24th August,7pm

‘Is Monogamy Dead?’  with Rosie Wilby
Wednesday 30th August, 7pm

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‘Building Better Societies:

Promoting social justice in a world falling apart’
with Rowland Atkinson, Lisa Mckenzie and Simon Winlow
Wednesday 26th July, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

What would it take to make society better? For the majority, conditions are getting worse and this will continue unless strong action is taken. This book offers a wide range of expert contributors outlining what might help to make better societies and which mechanisms, interventions and evidence are needed when we think about a better society.

The book looks at what is needed to prevent the proliferation of harm and the gradual collapse of civil society. It argues that social scientists need to cast aside their commitment to the established order and its ideological support systems, look ahead at the likely outcomes of various interventions and move to the forefront of informed political debate.

Providing practical steps and policy programmes, this is ideal for academics and students across a wide range of social science fields and those interested in social inequality.

About the speakers

Rowland Atkinson is Chair in Inclusive Societies, in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield. His research crosses urban studies, sociology, geography and criminology and looks at different forms of exclusion and inequality. Among other interests his work has focused on questions of wealth and poverty in societies and the often invisible harms generated by social inequality in urban settings. Rowland lead the first study of gated communities in the UK as well as the first key study of the rich in London and continues to work to connect the lives of the affluent to social problems, he is the author of (with Sarah Blandy) Domestic Fortress.

Dr Lisa Mckenzie is a research fellow at the London School of Economics & Political Science, working as part of the Great British Class Survey Team. Her previous research focused upon the poor working class and her current research interests relate to the precarious and vulnerable nature of particular groups in our society through insecure housing, work, social benefits, health care, and education. She is author of the bestselling Getting by: Estates, Class and Culture in Austerity Britain (Policy Press, 2015).

Professor Simon Winlow, is at the Centre for Realist Criminology, Teesside University. He has research expertise in both sociology and criminology and has published widely on violence, criminal markets and cultures, and social, political and economic change.

Camden Fringe Comedy Night

'If I Can't Laugh, It's Not My Revolution'
with Daphna Baram, Anna Dominey, William Stone, James Ross, Rebecca Shortall, and David Mills
Wednesday 9th August, 7pm

Daphna Baram ( * * * * * "Masterful!") hosts five further political comedians for some emergency laughs and a glass of wine in the safe haven of Housmans! Please book tickets in advance from here: >BUY TICKETS HERE<

MC: Daphna Baram is an Israeli born, East London based lapsed human rights lawyer turned journalist gone comedian. Her comedy combines the personal with the political, and her style is warm and slightly outrageous. “* * * * * "masterful .... Her fantastic way with words and bone dry humour have the audience in fits of laughter... Superbly refreshing" Bunbury Magazine.

Anna Dominey as Iona Fortune.
Iona Fortune is an uncompromising CEO with a heap of business acumen (inherited wealth), and she is eager to share her wisdom and views (conservatism) through this special business seminar. Iona has been described by David Shakespeare of Honest Comedy as 'one of my favourite comedy characters', and is the creation of Anna Dominey, an aspiring stand-up and comedy writer who last year reached the semi final of the Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year competition.

William Stone - William Stone is definitely gathering moss. Stuck somewhere between reality and dreams in the nineties, he navigates his way through life with one liners that highlight the absurdity of the mundane. "Astute, erudite, observational comedy" - Voice Magazine; "More dry lines than a fishing shop in the sahara" House Of Idiot; Semi-Finalist South Coast Comedian Of The Year 2017

James Ross - James Ross is founder and resident MC of Quantum Leopard Comedy - London's premiere pay-what-you-like, BYOB, anti-racist/sexist/homophobia/transphobia/chav-bashing, gender-balanced, no-picking-on-the-audience, zone 1 Saturday night comedy night.
* * * * *  One4Review, * * * * *  Daily Mirror, "[the] irresistible momentum of a drunk on an obstacle course." - The Socialist

Rebecca Shortall - Rebecca Shortall has appeared on numerous BBC Three comedy shorts and has been a finalist in the Brighton Comedy Festival Squawker Awards 2015, a regional finalist in the 2016 Funny Women Awards and a semi-finalist in the 2016 Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year awards.

David Mills - An established cabaret performer, David Mills won the New Act of the Year competition formerly run by the Hackney Empire in 2011, after turning to stand-up. “Caustic, controversial and politically incorrect… genuinely funny and thought-provoking”, THISISCABARET.COM` “His claws are as sharp as his suit”, The List., @DavidMillsDept

‘The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life’
with André Naffis-Sahely's
Wednesday 16th August, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

While half the world swept west,
we trickled eastward, one by one,
single-file, like fugitives. Next stop:
Abu Dhabi, where my father had a job,

and money, for the first time in years . . .

Flitting from the mud-soaked floors of Venice to the glittering, towering constructions of the Abu Dhabi of his childhood and early adulthood, from present-day London to North America, André Naffis-Sahely's bracingly plain-spoken first collection gathers portraits of promised lands and those who go in search of them: labourers, travellers, dreamers; the hopeful and the dispossessed.

'Naffis-Sahely's poems usher the reader in to a world of reversals and risk . . . His narratives hold memory to account'

About the author

André Naffis-Sahely was born in Venice in 1985 to an Iranian father and an Italian mother, but raised in Abu Dhabi. His poetry has been featured in Ambit, Areté, The Best British Poetry 2014 (Salt), New Poetries VI (Carcanet, 2015), PN Review and Swimmers, among others, and his nonfiction writing has appeared in such publications as the Economist, The Times Literary Supplement, New Statesman and The White Review. He has been awarded fellowships from bodies including MacDowell Colony and Dar al-Ma'mûn. He is also a literary translator from the Italian and the French; his Selected Poems of Abdellatif Laâbi, winner of a PEN Translates award, was published by Carcanet in 2016.

‘Pride – The Book’
with Lesbians & Gays Support The Miners

Wednesday 23rd August,7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Mike Jackson, Jonathan Blake and Gethin Roberts - members of the original LGSM crew - launch ‘Pride’, the book of the hit film, which tells the true story of how in 1984 a group of gay men and lesbian women came to befriend and support a very traditional mining community in the remote valleys of South Wales.

In 1984, a small group of metropolitan homosexual men and lesbian women stepped away from the vibrant culture and hedonism of London's defiant gay scene to befriend and support the beleaguered villages of a very traditional mining community in the remote valleys of South Wales.

They did so in the midst of the 1984 miners' strike - the most bitter and divisive dispute for more than half a century, and in one of the most turbulent periods in modern British history.

In the 1980s Margaret Thatcher's hardcore social and fiscal policies devastated Britain's traditional industries, and at the same time, AIDS began to claim lives across the nation. At the very height of this perfect storm, as the government and police battled 'the enemy within' in communities across the land and newspapers whipped up fear of the gay 'perverts' who were supposedly responsible for inflicting this lethal new pestilence upon the entire population, two groups who ostensibly had nothing in common - miners and homosexuals - unexpectedly made a stand together and forged a lasting friendship.

It was an alliance which helped keep an entire valley clothed and fed during the darkest months of the strike. And it led directly to a long-overdue acceptance by trades unions and the Labour Party that homosexual equality was a cause to be championed.

Pride tells the inspiring true story of how two very different communities - each struggling to overcome its own bitter internal arguments and long-established fault lines, as well as facing the power of a hostile government and press found common cause against overwhelming odds. And how this one simple but unlikely act of friendship would, in time, help change life in Britain - forever.

'Revenge of the Spoken - Gordon Lish in a Little Island Hotel’
with David Winters, David Hayden, and Will Eaves
Thursday 24th August,7pm
Ticketed event - Entry £3/£5
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To celebrate the publication of Gordon Lish's new fiction White Plains: Pieces & Witherlings (Little Island Press, 2017), Little Island Press and Hotel co-host an evening of readings on and around the works of Gordon Lish, with writers reading from their own works and from this new collection.
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To celebrate the publication of Gordon Lish's new fiction White Plains: Pieces & Witherlings (Little Island Press, 2017), Little Island Press and Hotel co-host an evening of readings on and around the works of Gordon Lish, with writers reading from their own works and from this new collection. Chaired by David Winters, the program will include readings from David Hayden and Will Eaves and will conclude with a pre-recorded reading from Lish himself, broadcast exclusively on this occasion.

As fiction editor of Esquire from 1969 to 1977, then as an editor at Knopf and of The Quarterly until 1995, Gordon Lish has worked closely with many of the most daring writers of the past fifty years, including Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady, Harold Brodkey, Raymond Carver, Don DeLillo, Barry Hannah, Joy Williams, Anne Carson, Amy Hempel, Jack Gilbert and Ben Marcus. More than a dozen books have appeared under Lish's own name – including the novels Dear Mr. Capote (1983), Peru (1986), and Zimzum (1993). These have won Lish a passionate cult following as a writer of recursive and often very funny prose.

Lish's latest work of exquisitely crafted fiction, White Plains sees a narrator – variously 'Gordon!', 'I', 'He' – approaching the precipice of old age. Against the backdrop of White Plains hospital, Lish skewers together memories of long-past infidelities and betrayals, on-going friendships, the death of his wife and the relative comfort of household chairs, to forge a series of interlinked hypnotic and consistently hilarious narratives. White Plains is Lish at his sharpest, tackling his perennial subject – the memory of memory itself – with spellbinding mastery.

In addition to a celebration of the UK publication of Gordon Lish's work through the years, this evening will also see in the publication of Hotel's third issue; a collation of writings, conversations, and artworks pertaining to a varied cast of characters including Lish, Nick Cave, Mark Kozelek, Jason Shulman, Frederic Tuten, Jack Robinson, Hanya Yanagihara, Jasmine Parker, Rowan Evans and Owen Booth, amongst others.

Copies of White Plains: Pieces & Witherlings will be available on the night and copies of Hotel #2 & #3 will also be for sale. Hotel #3 includes a sequence of works from White Plains and a hitherto unreleased story, 'Bamford or Bust!,' that appears exclusively in Hotel for the first time.

*May-Lan Tan will be unable to attend, contrary to earlier advertising.

‘Is Monogamy Dead?’
with Rosie Wilby
Wednesday 30th August, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Award-winning comedian Rosie Wilby presents her hilarious and thought-provoking mix of memoir, heartache and science that puts 21st century relationships under the microscope.

Comedian Rosie Wilby found herself in a quandary - when people asked, 'who's the love of your life?' there was no simple answer. Is Monogamy Dead? details her very personal quest to find out why Western society is clinging to a concept that is not only laden with assumptions but isn’t always fit for purpose in the 21st century.  

Part memoir, part sociological study, the book was inspired by a trilogy of solo comedy shows investigating love and relationships written and toured by Rosie over a seven-year period.

Highlighting the huge disparities in people’s definition of what a ‘relationship’ is, Rosie also draws on her own experience and interviews with dozens of people, gay and straight, male and female, to discover that, even if we think of ourselves as 'monogamous', that word can mean a myriad of different things. 

Some of the burning questions Rosie’s book poses include –
• Can one person ever meet all your relationships needs or is monogamy a damaging myth?
• What really counts as “cheating” on a partner?  With nearly 50% of people in a monogamous partnership admitting to having affairs, have we been wrong all along about infidelity? 
• How have break-ups changed in the 21st century, and is a relationship “gap year” ever ok?
• What actually constitutes sex? Is it really what we think is it? 

About the Author

Rosie Wilby is an award-winning comedian who has appeared on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour and Loose Ends. A Funny Women finalist in 2006, Rosie has performed at Glastonbury, Edinburgh Fringe, Secret Garden Party and Latitude, as well as being published in The Sunday Times, Guardian, Independent and more. She's currently the cohost of Radio Diva. Is Monogamy Dead? is her first book and follows Rosie’s TEDx talk and comedy show of the same name, and her solo shows The Science of Sex and The Conscious Uncoupling.    . 

Praise for the author

 ‘My favourite way to learn is when a funny, clever, honest person is teaching me – that's why I love Rosie Wilby!’ Sara Pascoe ‘One of London's doyennes of thoughtful, intimate, and warmly entertaining comedy.’ Metro  ‘A winning self-deprecating personality.’ Evening Standard ‘Hilarious… Jo Brand-meets-Eddie Izzard.’ DIVA magazine Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard About the Book: Prepare to enter a world of metamours, platonic partners, cuddle-buddies and more… 


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